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JOF holds rally in Dhaka city today
Opposition political alliance Jatiya Oikya Front will hold a rally in the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan today.
Formed on October 13, the Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, held two rallies in Sylhet and Chittagong cities, seeking people’s support for its seven-point demand for free and fair general election due by January 28, 2019.
Today’s rally, scheduled to begin at 2:00pm, is going to be held a day before the JOF talks with prime minister Sheikh Hasina for
the second time on Wednesday over holding credible polls.
Its demands include resignation of the government, formation of a party-neutral government through discussion with all political parties, dissolution of parliament and reconstitution of Election Commission before the elections and release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and all other political prisoners from jails.
Among its 11 goals are ensuring checks and balances, decentralisation of administration, freeing MPs from the stringent restrictions imposed on them under article 70 of the constitution, formation of a constitutional commission to make appointments to all constitutional and other important posts and full independence of the judiciary.
After the November 1 talks with prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina, the alliance announced that it would hold a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Tuesday.
A JOF delegation went to Dhaka Metropolitan Police for its permission for holding the rally about 11:30am on Monday.
BNP publicity secretary Shahiduddin Chowdhury Anie, BNP chairperson’s adviser Abul Khayer Bhuyan and BNP assistant organising secretary Abdus Salam Azad were in the delegation.
Coming out of the DMP, Anie told reporters that the DMP has given the permission for holding the rally.
The JOF’s first rally in the capital is expected to cause stir in the political arena as the alliance leaders will urge the grassroots to prepare for both election and agitation, a day before the second talks of the JOF leaders with Sheikh Hasina.
The November 1 dialogue between Sheikh Hasina and Oikya Front leaders hardly yielded any outcome as BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters that they were ‘not much satisfied’.
Kamal Hossain at a press conference later said that they found no solution to the political deadlock.
JOF top leader Kamal Hossain sent a letter to Sheikh Hasina on Sunday saying that the discussion in their first talks remained incomplete.
‘So, we are eager to sit in another dialogue to complete the discussion urgently,’ the letter said, suggesting a small group from both sides would take part in it.
Sheikh Hasina on Saturday criticised BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front for announcing demonstrations at a time when a dialogue was taking place about the elections.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Sunday said that they would not go for movement if the current political crisis was resolved through dialogue.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Jatiya Oikya Prakriya and Jukta Front members Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction, led by ASM Abdur Rob, and Nagarik Oikya launched Jatiya Oikya Front on October 13 through a press conference in the city pressing for their seven-point charter of demands ahead of the 11th parliament elections.